Three new signings bolster squad

Tim ChannonFirst Team

COLWYN BAY have signed central defender Will Bell from Bala Town and he is likely to be in the squad for Saturday’s home game against Halesowen Town.
 The Seagulls have also completed the signings this week of former Skelmersdale United and Droylsden forward Josh Sumner and  midfielder or defender Antonie Boland from Stalybridge Celtic, but it is touch and go whether their international clearance will come through in time for Saturday’s game.
 Manager Kevin Lynch describes 21-year-old Bell, who signed for Bala after being on loan with them from Morecambe last season, as  “a leader” and has been brought in to provide some leadership on the field as the team bid to end a run of five successive defeats.
 “Josh Sumner (21) is a tricky winger who will give us more flair going forward and is a player who will excite the fans,” added the manager.
 “Antonie Boland (20) will give us more balance on the left side.”
 Boland was previously with Tranmere Rovers where he had a couple of loan spells at NEWI Cefn Druids.
 There are injury doubts over Rob Hopley (back and groin) and Mike Lea (groin) for Saturday’s game and the manager will leave a decision on them as late as possible, while Everton loanee James Graham is not expected to be involved following his selection to the Wales U19 squad to fly out for a UEFA U19 qualifying tournament in Georgia on Sunday.
 “Its a great honour to be selected for your country and we wish James well,” commented the manager.
 Shaun Pearson continues in goal with Louis Gray still unavailable.
 Halesowen have won only three of their last 12 league and cup games, but have also strengthened their squad in the past week with the signings of young defender Bradley Lewis from Aston Villa and experienced striker Nathan White from Chasetown.